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Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories Paperback – February 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240808604 ISBN-10: 0240808606 Edition: Pap/DVD

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/DVD edition (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Sullivan is faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in history, concept development, and preproduction practices for animation. She has lectured internationally on story development for the animated short, written articles and guest-edited SIGGRAPH issues on concept development for animation.
Karen Sullivan is faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in history, concept development, and preproduction practices for animation. She has lectured internationally on story development for the animated short, written articles and guest-edited SIGGRAPH issues on concept development for animation.
Gary Schumer, faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in traditional animation, storyboarding and concept development for animation. He worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1996-2004, as Effects Animator, Assistant Animator, Manager of Training and Training Coordinator. He also worked on Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch.
Kate Alexander is Associate Director at Florida Studio Theatre. She developed an acting method for youth which serves as the foundation for the FST School, pioneered the highly-regarded Write A Play program that has reached over one million young people internationally, and designed master classes on The Art of Gesture. She is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards.
Gary Schumer, faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches courses in traditional animation, storyboarding and concept development for animation. He worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1996-2004, as Effects Animator, Assistant Animator, Manager of Training and Training Coordinator. He also worked on Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch.

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They really need to make more of these.
Cash A. Echevarria
This book is more than highly recommended, I'll say it's essential for anyone into creating animation.
Parka
I would of named the book, The Animated Short - A blueprint for creating your own animated short.
Jason

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
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This is a pretty good book. I would of named the book, The Animated Short - A blueprint for creating your own animated short. As that is what this book is.

I have spent the last few years studying this material on my own. Buying writing books, going to seminars, buying directing / acting / filmmaking books, all to learn the various topics necessary to begin creating a 3d animated short.

This book would of saved me quite some time, before I talk more about what this book is, I think it is important to say what it is not.

This book covers no 3d package. It does not show how to model for animation, the best rigs for different situations, what type of render works best, workflows on setting up a small render farm to render out your animation. Guidelines on what resolution your render should be, ideas for light placement, etc. This book does not cover the 3d aspect of this.

In a way that is a good thing, if it did, the book would be dated, and isolate many people who are interested in this topic. It is unfortunate that the topics are not mentioned, as it would be interesting to hear different approaches, but what it does cover is fantastic, and I will share my insights with you.

The main format of the book is this:
Introduce a topic (acting)
Tell the audience some tips on how it relates to your 3d short, give you some good ideas to impelement on your own current shorts, give a background.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 18, 2008
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Story is king.

I've that idea drilled into me after watching the behind-the-scenes documentaries and audio commentary from Pixar movies. I even make mp3 audio files out of the DVDs just to listen to the story!

I'm reading this book just to learn more about story structure, to understand what makes a good story. As the title suggest, it's targeted at making animated short films. Most of the story principles work for feature length film as well, as shown through the multiple examples in the book.

Chapter 1 talks on the core elements that must exist in a story. It also introduces the basic structure of a story.

Chapter 2 is on building content for the story, different ways at looking at the stories, and places to start from when searching for ideas.

Chapter 3 is on exploring human emotions and motivations, and how these can be used to create a believable character people can relate to.

Chapter 4 is on character and set design. There are tips on creating character profiles, designing appealing characters, building functional location sets.

Chapter 5 talks specifically on building a story using the story structure introduced. There are techniques in creating conflict between characters and understanding endings.

Chapter 6 explains the role dialogue plays, and how to use it in the story effectively.

Chapter 7 and 8 are on storyboarding and staging. There are tips on camera moves, pacing, composition and many other production techniques.

Every chapter comes with a lot of examples to emphasis the lesson points. And all these lesson points always go back to building that better story. At the end is always an interview with someone in the animation industry relating back to the chapter's subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheThatcher on September 2, 2008
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I'm an animation student who found the registration deadline had passed, I got this book so that I could continue learning even though I am not enrolled in classes.
what I got was much more than I had expected and I am learning so much. though the book doesn't cover everything it mentions in great depth, it does give you enough information to get by, as well as references if you want to learn more.
because of this book I have found myself coming up with ideas for short animated films, and beginning the production process. I am eager to use the material taught in the book. the content on the included DVD is very helpful as the book uses the DVD for examples frequently, making learning much easier.

great book for someone who wants to learn about the animated short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Lupoff on August 13, 2008
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I'm not an artist but I found this book "Ideas for the Animated Short" by Karen Sullivan, Gary Schumer and Kate Alexander, a fascinating read. I am involved with theatre and so really loved chapter 3, entitled "Acting: Exploring the Human Condition". I never would have believed how vitally important this process is for a good animated film. Having the tools of good acting at your finger tips, being given examples of how to transform these tools in a very real fashion and then applying them to the drawing board. Realizing that "images create emotion" is a powerful starting point in which to reflect truth. Naming and describing the essential elements for a scene; incorporating the psycho/physical technique and being able to portray "iconic moments" all contribute to a film that although animated is real. This book is amazing!
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